Broadway's Anything Goes Will Go Into Dry Dock Aug. 5; Tour Ships Out in October
By Kenneth Jones
The Roundabout Theatre Company's 2011 Tony Award-winning production of Anything Goes — the shipboard musical comedy — will end its Broadway voyage on Aug. 5 at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre.
As previously reported, a national tour of the Cole Porter show launches this fall in Cleveland and will play major markets including Los Angeles, Memphis, Pittsburgh, St. Paul, Dallas, Washington, DC, and beyond.
Kathleen Marshall won the Best Choreography Tony for her work on the musical comedy revival, which she also directed. The staging won the Best Musical Revival Tony.
Stephanie J. Block and Joel Grey currently star in Anything Goes, first produced in 1934 and rejiggered in the 1980s by librettists John Weidman and Timothy Crouse. Set aboard a transatlantic ocean liner, the show features the American song classics "You're the Top," "Blow, Gabriel, Blow," "It's De-Lovely," "I Get A Kick Out of You" and "Anything Goes," among others.
The original limited engagement subscription run opened on April 7, 2011, and was scheduled to run for 19 weeks. It went on to be extended three times, now to Aug. 5.
This is the second longest Broadway run in Roundabout's history, following its revival of Cabaret.
Rachel York will star in the tour, which begins in Cleveland in October. Sutton Foster created the role of Reno Sweeney in 2011, taking home her second Best Actress Tony. She exited the show in March to film her new ABC Family TV series "Bunheads," now airing.
Block (9 to 5, The Pirate Queen) plays Reno now, opposite Tony and Academy Award winner Joel Grey as Moonface Martin.
The cast also features John McMartin as "Elisha Whitney", Julie Halston as "Evangeline Harcourt," Bill English as "Billy Crocker," Erin Mackey as "Hope Harcourt," Robert Petkoff as "Lord Evelyn Oakleigh," Jessica Stone as "Erma," Ed Dixon as "Captain," Robert Creighton as "Purser," Andrew Cao as "Luke" and Raymond J. Lee as "John." Additional cast members include Lawrence Alexander, Leslie Becker, Brandon Bieber, Ward Billeison, Janine DiVita, Daniel J. Edwards, Justin Greer, Derek Hanson, Michelle Loucadoux, Brittany Marcin, Kaitlin Mesh, Shina Ann Morris, Kevin Munhall, Mary Michael Patterson, Brandon Rubendall, William Ryall, Jennifer Savelli, Kiira Schmidt, Vanessa Sonon.
The Grammy-nominated cast album is available now through Ghostlight Records.
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